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Guernsey County Foundation

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The Guernsey County Foundation could be described as a “friend raiser” for charitable funds benefiting Guernsey County. By leading others to open component funds for the county with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

Grant Opportunities

The Guernsey County Foundation (GCF), in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), invites nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for a project or program serving Guernsey County to apply for the next grant round. To learn more about when GCF’s next ground round opens, sign up for FAO’s e-newsletter here.

GFC and FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund awarded up to $10,000 in grants to projects or programs that benefit residents of Guernsey County. Projects increase quality of life, create access to opportunities, or implement a solution to a need in Guernsey County. To learn more about the projects funded by GCF in 2021, see the information below.

2021 Grant Recipients

American Red Cross East Central Ohio for the Home Fire Campaign

Cambridge Area YMCA Family Center for the Cambridge YMCA Gymnastics Team equipment

Cambridge City Schools for the Get Ready…Get Vex…Go! project to support computer science principles for students in STEM education

Children’s Advocacy Center of Guernsey County for the center’s maintenance

G.R.A.C.E. Pantry for the Feeding the Hungry as We Recover from COVID-19 project

Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center for the Holiday “Share the Love” with Seniors project to prepare and deliver homemade baked goods to approximately 2,600 Guernsey County senior citizens

United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Counties for a computer upgrade

Recent Projects

We are excited to announce the Guernsey County Foundation exceeded its goal to reach the $5 million mark—$5.6 M! The Guernsey County Foundation has reached a significant milestone that bodes well for numerous worthwhile entities, and also reflects magnificently on the local spirit of philanthropy.

The Foundation’s trustees gathered recently to celebrate achieving an asset base of $5.6 million for the benefit of the economic, cultural and educational climate in Guernsey County. This growth is significant. When it began as the Cambridge Foundation in 1988 the Guernsey County Foundation had assets of around $25,000. In 2005, the asset base was about $100,000. In 2007 it reached $1 million.

Guernsey Family of Funds

There are now some 30 members of the Guernsey County Foundation family of funds. All of the funds in the family of funds for Guernsey County have independent advisory boards.

The Growing Family of Funds includes:

  • Guernsey County Foundation Fund
  • Guernsey County Senior Citizen Center Fund
  • Gulfport Energy Fund
  • Miriam Hawes Legacy Endowment Fund
  • Mary Kackley-Brill Scholarship Fund
  • Leadership Guernsey Fund
  • The Living Word Outdoor Drama Endowment Fund
  • Madison High School Alumni Scholarship Fund
  • James R. Milligan Legacy Fund
  • Ohio Arts and Crafts Foundation Fund
  • Frank and Esther Ricketts Memorial Fund
  • Kevin Ritz Family Foundation Fund
  • Paul Sayanek Scholarship Fund
  • Winnie Mae Sharpe Education Scholarship Fund
  • Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center – Guernsey Health Foundation Fund
  • Doug Steele Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Sara Lee Stevens-Youngs Family Memorial Fund
  • Loran and Shirley Stutz Fund
  • Loran & Shirley Stutz Scholarship Fund
  • Tostenson Family Foundation Fund
  • The Davey L. and Sandra Jackson Turner Scholarship Fund
  • James and Martha Thomas Scholarship Fund
  • United Way of Guernsey, Monroe, and Noble Endowment Fund

Guernsey Committee Members

• Bill Black
• Cynthia Bond
• Dave Caldwell
• Rick Davis
• Matt Dolan
• Jeff East

• Dave Ellwood
• Jeremy Morrow
• Dan Padden
• Rory Stelzer
• Dave Wilson
• Maribeth Wright

Support the Guernsey Community

The Guernsey County Foundation receives contributions and bequests of all sizes from individuals, corporations and foundations to assist in the funding of projects and charitable organizations. The Foundation is both a recipient vehicle of financial gifts and a distributor of grants to area organizations that meet established guidelines.

Make a secure online donation to the Guernsey Family of Funds – be sure to name the fund you would like your contribution to be applied to in the Designation box.